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Malaysia - DNA of African Swine Fever found in canned pork luncheon meat imported from China in Sarawak

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  • Malaysia - DNA of African Swine Fever found in canned pork luncheon meat imported from China in Sarawak

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    KPK Press Statement November 2, 2019 - Issue Of Pork Removal Of Pork Products From China Due To African Swine Fever

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    Photo source: Borneo Post Online

    The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has been briefed on the issue of imported Canned Luncheon Meat products from China that have been detected with the DNA of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in Sarawak. The African Swine Fever epidemic is an animal disease and does not infect humans (that is, it is not categorized as a zoonotic disease that can infect humans either through live animals or pesticide products).

    MOH through the Food Safety and Quality Division is working with the State Department of Veterinary Services (JPV) to address this. MOH will carry out sampling for the purpose of verifying the effectiveness of the retort process (that is, one of the processes in food processing) for pork products to ensure no contamination of ASF virus. As informed by the Department of Veterinary Services, consumers are advised to refrain from buying this product including online purchases, and not to provide the product or residue of this product as food to pigs. This is to reduce the risk of ASF contaminating pigs that eat animal food that has been contaminated with ASF virus.

    For information purposes, Section 13A of the Food Act 1983 provides that any person involved in the importation, distribution, storage or sale of food contained in or on any diseased, dirty, reputable or valuable animal or vegetable material is in the wrong and is liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 8 years or to both.

    MOH is always aware of the issues that could endanger the health of consumers. Should users have any concerns regarding food safety issues, please contact the District / Area / Division Health Department or the nearest State Department of Health or through the website or facebook the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM)
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